An eclectic artist, Travers has made a living out of roaming across musical boundaries - both as composer and performer.
Her career began in the mid 1970s: as keyboard-player, guitarist and vocalist in rock and folk bands around Perth, the city where she was born. A chance encounter during the early 80s precipitated a B.Mus [Hons] at The University of Western Australia, where Travers majored in piano and was awarded all the performance prizes - as soloist and chamber musician; this was followed by further study in the UK & USA during 1985 & 86.
On returning to Australia, her work as a concert pianist was augmented by her fascination with electronic music, new music in general, and an ability to move across music genres with ease.
Cathie's compositions have been performed live around Australia, in Canada, the USA, Kuala Lumpur, Thailand and in Japan, by concert artists, symphony orchestras, rock bands, theatre and dance companies, electro-acoustic ensembles, fusion and world-music groups, and been included in the programming of many international broadcasters. As an accordionist and keyboard-player, Travers works as soloist, as a member of tango, jazz and fusion groups, with dance and theatre companies, a rock band, and various chamber groups and orchestras. She also appears on several CD's by various Australian artists.
Her passion for music-making is counter-balanced by binge consumption of sci-fi and cyberpunk literature and films, and frolicing in the bush with her pussycats after late night gigs :D
Not only a virtuoso musician, Travers is also a creditable actor. She delivers a gutsy performance in her challenging dual role, providing live music and narrating...Her dazzling, improvisatory accordion melodies and bluesy vocalisations help interpret the dance routines
Naomi Millett, The West Australian 2005
Cathie Travers ...adds propulsion for the rhythm section, sweet melodic flavours and haunting themes with her piano accordion playing
Sylvester Fox, Groove 2005
In the vestibule of London House...Cathie Travers (accordion) and her Equinox ensemble played Piazzolla as if to the manner born, Preludio No 9 given the stamp of distinction
Neville Cohn, OzArtsReview October 2003
Cathie Travers is one of our most talented composers and performers
David Hough, The Bulletin
Cathie Travers' music embraces the gamut of hard-edged contemporary pungency to sweetness, nostalgia, and up-beat extrovert wit
Jill Sykes, Sydney Morning Herald
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